The weather data available on this website is uploaded directly from a high-quality Automated Weather Station (AWS), situated at Sheerness, on the Isle Of Sheppey, in north Kent.
Cam 1 shows the view north, with panoramic views of the Thames Estuary towards Southend-on-sea.
Cam 2 points to the north west towards the Port of Sheerness, with the Isle of Grain just visible in the distance.
Cam 3 is focused to the north east looking out towards the north sea.
Cam 4 is zoomed to the north west with the 'West Cant' buoy visible.
Cam 5 points north, with a view of the sailing club's slipway.
From Oct 2003 - Jul 2014, the anemometer (wind sensor) was fixed to the top of the IOS Sailing Club's flag mast, one of the highest points in Sheerness.
In July 2014, the anemometer was re-located to a new site, which should give even better readings. The sensor accuracy is ±1 mph (as specified by the manufacturer).
Data is uploaded to the website at the following intervals:
Most data: 5 minutes
Webcams: 5 minutes
Graphs/Summary/Detail: 30 minutes
Lightning: every minute
Live wind page: every 2 seconds
The bespoke webcams with integrated weather information ('WeatherCams') were created by James Bell, and the project has been sponsored, developed and continually updated by local web design company Designbell.
The system has been in continuous operation since July 2003, and is one of the most popular weather sites in the South East, attracting up to 3 million page views a year.
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||GH1 added, view courtesy of Minster Gatehouse Museum.
||Mobile site v2 launched.
||Grid of cameras added.
||QB4 added courtesy of QHT.
||QB3 added courtesy of QHT.
||QB2 added courtesy of QHT.
||QB1 added courtesy of QHT.
System relocated to CYC.
Cams 4 & 5 added.
||New sailing club committee request removal of the original system, forcing relocation.
||Advanced weather prediction page developed.
||Lightning detector added.
||AIS map added.
||Camera 3 donated by T. Bell.
Tri-view added (replacing dual-view).
||Original weather station broke - replaced with a Vantage Pro 2.
||Dual-view feature added.
||Camera 2 added.
|| Online 'WeatherCam' featuring webcam with integrated weather data setup. Funded thanks to a grant from Swale Borough Council on the basis of match funding for the project by Designbell. Believed to be the first sailing club in the UK to feature live wind. Camera 1 upgraded.
||First webcam trialled at IOS Sailing Club.
Trial funded by Designbell.
Funded & supported by:
2003 - present: sponsorship of the system. Match funding for the original project. All ongoing design, development, hosting, equipment, programming, maintenance & support costs.
Minster Gatehouse Museum Oct 2016 - present: many thanks to the museum's committee for permission to use the roof for mounting equipment.
Queenborough Harbour Trust / T. Bell April 2015 - present: funding & operation of all harbour cams.
CYC Coastal Club August 2014 - present: many thanks to the club's committee for kindly allowing weather equipment & cameras to be relocated to their clubhouse at short notice.
IOS Sailing Club July 2003 - July 2014: use of the clubhouse for mounting the weather equipment & cameras. Dec 2016 - present: use of the clubhouse to mount cameras.
Swale Borough Council Sep 2003:
Grant funding for the first weather station, on the basis of match funding for the project by Designbell.
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